4.23.2010

I heart mini coconut chocolate cakes

I've actually posted this recipe before but not in mini form. I found these darling cakes tins at a local thrift store. They came in a set of 8 for only a buck ninety-nine. What a Deal! As most of you know, we celebrated Earth Day on the 22nd of this month. One good way to show kindness to our precious planet is to buy used instead of new. It's amazing what fun things you can find in thrift shops if you put in just a bit of effort.

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Have you ever started to whip up a chocolate cake only to find that you were fresh out of eggs?

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Well...no worries! Just pull out that jar of mayo and get busy! Mayo??? Yes. Mayo.

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Mayo is made up of eggs and oil and works just dandy in a pinch. My mom used to make this all the time and we just loved it. She didn't use the coconut or the Nutella frosting though. That was all me. I love to jazz things up if I can.

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Here is the recipe. Adjust the time for mini cakes or cupcakes to 16-18 minutes.

Don't you just adore lilacs? They are so lovely and fragrant. They make me happy!

Check out this link for some fantastic photos from around our planet!

Have a fantastic weekend! ;0)

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45 comments:

Jeannie said...

I so heart those coconut chocolate cakes of yours too! And that bunch of lilacs are beautiful!

Dajana said...

Lilac is the flower I adore more than any other, I could sit next to it all day just to feel that gorgeous smell.
The cakes are so cute and adorable. Never thought of using mayo in cakes.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Beautiful photos! I totally agree about mayo in cake. It gives it a special taste that you just can't get any other way. Almost like a "zing" if that makes sense? My grandmother made it all the time and it was always my birthday cake request!

Angie's Recipes said...

Love the idea of using mayo! Ain't that just marvelous!
Beautiful lilacs!

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Jo said...

Not only do they look sweet, the recipe sounds amazing. I'm going to make some this afternoon.

I just bought a white lilac tree ~ I love their sweet scent.

Have a great weekend ~
Jo

Joanne said...

That mayo tip is awesome! I never thought about the fact that mayo is basically pure eggs...interesting.

This recipe looks delicious. The hearts are so cute! They give it that extra zing.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What lovely little tins you found. I love thrift shops. Your chocolate cake muffins are fabulous. And I love the lilacs too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Sam

Julia said...

Hi Kim!!!
Your post is so sweet today with the mixture of flowers and cake! I love the rounded corners you used to. Very chic and sophisticated!!

PS your new profile photo is fabulous too.

Stella said...

Pretty! I'm sure the coconut and chocolate were wonderful (I made something similiar last night so I know about this lovely combination.
By the way, that little boy with his blond crown and tiny arms is precious-very much so!

koralee said...

These my friend are ADORABLE...now I need to find those pans. Oh I adore lilacs...mine are getting rained on today. xox

Erin said...

I heart chocolate coconut mini cakes too! They look delicious! And really, mayo instead of eggs? That's great!

TKW said...

Those look so adorable! And delish, too.

MaryMoh said...

Looks very beautiful & delicious. Thanks very much for the tip. I'll go for mayonnaise next time if I ever run out of eggs.

Chef Dennis said...

what beautiful cakes and such great photography!! they look as good as they must taste!
Cheers
Dennis

Kristin said...

My favorite flavors combined. I heart you!

yummy recipes said...

I love these chocolate cakes they look delicious and it's even more beautiful with the heart shape..great photos too..thanks for sharing :)

NYCGAL said...

What a great idea! This would be great for Valentine's Day or an anniversary. Thanks for the idea!

Gloria said...

Dear Ungourmet these look georgeous and delicious, lovely work, and the pictures are awesome.
Lovely post. gloria

Mimi said...

Those look awesome!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh gosh I would never have thought of mayo!

These look delish, love the choc topping.
xoxo

Jenn said...

I love those heart cakes cake pans. Mayo in a cake is totally new to me. Cool!!

Allyson said...

That is a great tip about the mayo. And uh..yes...that HAS happened to me before. So then I would just make a quick trip to the store. But we may not get so lucky with this move to be literally 5 minutes from a Kroger.

I was actually just in Goodwill yesterday and found 7 of the most adorable shirts...so yeah...I do love thrift store shopping. You just have to dedicate the time to it.

I don't have any mini cake tins but I think this recipe has my name all over it. Can I just double everything for full size? Adding Nutella to the grocery list right now. Can't believe I let myself run out....

Kate said...

YUM! Chocolate, coconut...delicious. Lovely photos!!

teresa said...

what beautiful little cakes! the mayo is a great idea, i would never think to do that.

the lilacs are beautiful, i LOVE the way they smell!

MommyToTwoBoys said...

Yum! I heart them too!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Ah so cute Kim and such great photos. I could go for a piece right now :)

Faith said...

Your pictures are so beautiful, Kim! I really love everything about lilacs...their color, their smell, and how pretty they are! These little cakes are gorgeous too! :)

Krista said...

Those are beautiful little cakes! Love the tins. Great find!

Lilacs are my my fave. I miss the bushes of them that I grew up with. I used to fill vases in every room. So pretty and fragrant!

Julie said...

The cakes look so delicious..topped with nutella? Yum!!

Heavenly Housewife said...

THis is a great post:
1- i love the lilac picture--they DO make me happy cause i love the smell and they remind me very much of my childhood
2- the cakes look scrumptious. Chocolate and coconut are a combo made in heaven. I love mini cakes (and big ones LOL)
*kisses* HH

Brandie said...

One of my favorite things to do is check out thrift stores for cool kitchen stuff. Your little heart pans are very sweet and the recipe sounds scrumptious!

doggybloggy said...

congrats on the top 9 in foodbuzz with these nice little treats!

Randi Troxell said...

i'm not big on coconut (ever)... but these are just sooo adorable i might would have to make myself love them!!

Bob said...

Looks awesome! I'm all about chocolate cake and it can take whatever form it feels like. Heh.

sweetlife said...

great tip with the mayo, I woke up this morning and had no eggs, I hate when is do that...I love , adore the tins..too sweet..great shots

sweetlife

jacqueline said...

These are sooo lovely, sweet and yummie! Love the idea of mayo in the cake too! Gorgeous photos. :) Have a lovely merry happy week and love to yoU!

Juliana said...

Oh Kim, these little heart shape cakes are so cute and the flavor on it are amazing...love the idea of using mayo :-)Nice pictures!

Claudia said...

Sweet to look at, sweeter to eat. I love thrift stores, recycling old furniture and no waste! So the post spoke to my heart. Lilac season is coming to MN any day soon - 3 weeks early. I will fill my home with them.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What cute cakes in the little heart tins! I bet their heavenly with the Nutella frosting. And yes! I love lilacs - we have a bush right outside our kitchen window. So pretty.

dinnersanddreams.net said...

Must bookmark this for Valentine's Day. These hearts look beautiful and the photos are fantastic!

5 Star Foodie said...

The mini cakes are adorable! Yum!

Michelle said...

Adorable little cakes! So jealous my lilac is not blooming yet and I'm getting impatient!

Danielle said...

how cute are those!! Dont you just love finding a great deal? And thanks for the mayo tip!

nora@ffr said...

Wow, I just want to take a bit bite out of that! It looks so yummy!

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